WIPO Treaty for the Blind

Glyn Moody made this Freedom of Information request to Intellectual Property Office

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Dear Intellectual Property Office,

I would be grateful if you could please supply me with the following information.

Emails, letters and any other written communications from the last six months, between the Publishers Association or representatives of UK publishers, and the Intellectual Property Office, on the subject of the WIPO treaty for the blind (formally, the "Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities".)

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Glyn Moody

foi, Intellectual Property Office

Dear Mr Moody,

Thank you for your email of 14 April 2013 requesting information about communications between the Publishers Association or representatives of UK publishers, and the Intellectual Property Office, on the subject of the WIPO treaty for the blind.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Smith
Records officer
Intellectual Property Office
Tel: 01633 814587.

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foi, Intellectual Property Office

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Dear Mr Moody,

Thank you for your email of 14 April 2013 by which you requested the following information from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO):

‘Emails, letters and any other written communications from the last six months, between the Publishers Association or representatives of UK publishers, and the Intellectual Property Office, on the subject of the WIPO treaty for the blind (formally, the "Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities".)’

We have now completed searching for the information you requested and a copy of the information, which can be disclosed, is attached.

The remainder of the information that you requested is exempt under either sections 27(1)(a)(c) and (d) or 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. It is therefore withheld and has been redacted from the attached file.

S.27(1)(a) applies to information, the release of which would be likely to prejudice relations between the UK and other states.

S.27 is a ‘qualified’ exemption which requires weighing the public interest considerations in favour of release of the information and the public interest considerations in favour of protecting it from disclosure. Having considered the public interest, the IPO’s decision is to withhold the information. (The position of the information is indicated within the redacted text.)

Other information which has been redacted is exempt under s.40 (personal information) as it constitutes third party data and the names and contact details of officials whose identities are not in the public domain. S.40(2) provides that personal data is exempt information where disclosure would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person, as we conclude to be so in this instance.

Please note that the supply of information in response to a freedom of information request does not confer an automatic right to re-use the information. Under UK copyright law you can use any information supplied for the purposes of private study and non-commercial research without requiring permission. Similarly, information supplied can also be re-used for the purposes of news reporting. (An exception to this is photographs.)

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If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Chief Executive
Intellectual Property Office
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Yours sincerely,

Alison Smith
Records officer
Intellectual Property Office
Tel: 01633 814587

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Glyn Moody left an annotation ()

Jamie Love has written a short post about the information supplied:

http://keionline.org/node/1719

Dear Ms Smith,

Thank you for the documents supplied. Although I was naturally disappointed not all information was released - and a little confused how a treaty for the blind could possibly "prejudice relations between the UK and other states" - I found the emails illuminating.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Glyn Moody